Transport chaos after flats blaze in London

A landmark building in London's West End caught fire today, sending thick plumes of smoke rising over the heart of the capital.

Tube travellers to face Northern Line disruption

Travellers on the Tube's busiest line will face a series of weekend closures due to upgrade work starting later this year, it was announced today.

Tube drivers to strike over sacking

Drivers on London Underground are to stage a series of strikes in a long-running row over the sacking of a colleague, threatening travel chaos for millions of Tube passengers, it was announced today.

National Express board seals deal with activist shareholder

A potential bust-up at National Express's annual meeting today looks to have been avoided after an 11th-hour deal between the board of the bus and train operator and its activist investor, the US hedge fund Elliott.

For bereaved, torment of asking 'What if?' continues

As John Taylor left court after hearing that his only daughter, Carrie, 24, was sitting two-and-a-half metres away from the explosion that blew up Aldgate underground station on 7 July and could not have been saved even if treated by paramedics earlier, he shook his head and sighed: "I guess we'll have to agree to disagree."

Tube passengers suffer fresh Jubilee Line disruption

Tube passengers suffered fresh disruption today on a London Underground line which was shut during last night's rush hour, trapping commuters for over an hour.

Danny Rogers on PR: BBC bosses wield the axe on comms team

The BBC’s communications team is the latest part of the corporation to feel the scythe of cost-cutting.

Opening ceremony plans in jeopardy

Danny Boyle, the film director masterminding the opening cermony of the London Olympics, has pleaded for the start time to be delayed till sunset to allow his show maximum visual impact.

Tube to run later during Olympics

Tube trains will run around an hour later during next year's London Olympics, Transport for London (TfL) said today.

Katy Guest: The markings on a taxi don't mean a thing

Women in cabs need to trust the driver, not the livery

Tube workers balloted for action

London Underground workers are to be balloted for industrial action in a row over pay, it was announced today.

Apology after Tube hit by delays

Transport for London (TfL) today apologised to thousands of commuters and other travellers hit by fresh delays to Tube services, ahead of a weekend of closures because of engineering work.

FA confident Wembley can handle Manchester derby

The Football Association accept there are "different circumstances" attached to next month's all-Manchester FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, but are confident it will not cause difficulties.

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The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
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Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

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